Ways to trade

Unlock opportunity in the financial markets with options, spread betting and CFD trading. Each offers you a unique set of advantages.

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Contact us: 0800 195 3100

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Barriers and vanilla options, spread betting and CFDs

Seeking short-term opportunity? Try these high-risk/high-return financial products from the world’s No.1 provider.1

No need to own assets

Options, spread bets and CFDs are derivatives, so you can take a position on a market’s price without owning any assets.

Take your capital further

Act on opportunity for less than traditional investment, as options, spread betting and CFDs are leveraged. Losses, as well as profits, are magnified.

Increase your opportunities

Unlike traditional investing, options, spread betting and CFDs enable you to take advantage of both falling and rising market prices.

Manage your risk

If your spread bet or CFD account balance goes negative, we’ll bring it back to zero.2 Put an absolute cap on your risk with barriers and vanilla options.

What’s best for me?

Options enable you to find leverage and risk that works for you, as well as trade in a range of market conditions. Spread betting profits are tax-free3, while CFDs offer direct market access (DMA), providing increased transparency useful for more advanced traders.

Options

Buy or sell an underlying asset at a predefined price and date.

  • Key benefit: choose the amount of leverage you want

  • Trade on timeframes to suit you, with daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly markets

  • Choose your total risk (except when selling vanilla options)

  • Barrier option prices move one-for-one with the underlying, vanilla prices sensitive to a range of factors4

Spread betting

Bet on the future change in price of a financial market.

  • Key benefit: no capital gains tax on profits3
  • No commission, just our spread
  • Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2
  • No stamp duty3

CFDs

Trade on the difference between the opening and closing price of a market.

  • Key benefit: DMA on shares and forex5

  • Offset losses against profits as tax deduction

  • Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2
  • No stamp duty3

What markets can I trade?

Forex trading

Trade forex using options, spread bets and CFDs to get access to our wide range of major, minor and exotic currency pairs, through powerful platforms.

  • Competitive spreads

  • More 24-hour markets than anywhere else

  • Trade on the move with apps developed specifically for your device

Other markets

Low spreads. 17,000 markets, exclusive 24/7 opportunities.6

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019).
2 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only, and is not available to professional traders.
3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
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This is not the case when the knock-out premium changes. If the knock-out premium changes, the price of the barrier option will move by the amount the premium changes.
5 To trade with Forex DMA, you’ll need to qualify for an IG professional account.
6 24/7 excludes the hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Options are complex financial instruments and your capital is at risk. Losses may be extremely rapid.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.